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UTICA-ROME SPEEDWAY REVISES CHILDREN ADMISSION FOR THE MONTH OF AUGUST, ADDS INCENTIVE FOR PAID ADULT ADMISSION
VERNON, NY-With a the final full month of racing upon us at the Utica-Rome Speedway and the schedule loaded with special events for the remainder of the 2014 season, track management has revised some of its pricing policies for the remainder of the year. Read More....
ENTRIES CONTINUE TO ARRIVE FOR UTICA-ROME SPEEDWAY’S COLE CUP, HEAT RACE BONUS ALSO ADDED TO LUCRATIVE EVENT
VERNON, NY- The pre entry deadline continues to close in for the 2014 edition of the Gates-Cole Insurance and SUNY Canton Cole Cup at the Utica-Rome Speedway and entries have been trickling in for the $10,000 extravaganza that will be held on Saturday, September 6. The rain date for the huge one day 360 Sprint event is scheduled for Sunday September 7. Read More....
EFFECTIVE AUGUST 17, 2014
VERNON, NY- Below is a rule clarification concerning the use of sail panels for the Modified division at the Utica-Rome Speedway. Below is rule that will be in effect from this point moving forward whenever sail panels are in use. Click here...
Kevin Ward Jr. Shootout and Fireworks Added to Cole Cup Weekend at Utica-Rome
VERON, N.Y. - The Utica-Rome Speedway has turned the Cole Cup into a two day event with the addition of the Kevin Ward Jr. Shootout on Friday evening, September 5. The Ward family has given their blessing to the speedway to run the race in honor of Ward who competed at Utica-Rome Speedway on multiple occasions during his career.
The race will be 13-laps in distance while offering the winner a guaranteed starting position for the 30-lap, $10,000 to win, Cole Cup the following day. Friday night’s A-Main for the 13 car field will pay $1,300 to the winner with $130 at minimum going to any driver that qualifies for the event. Throughout the evening teams that do not qualify for the feature will be given additional hot laps as they prepare for the Cole Cup on Saturday night should weather and time permit.
The format for qualifying will feature timed warm-ups with heat races being lined up based on time. From there a redraw will be utilized as well to set the feature line-up. Three or four heat races will be used depending on car count for the event.
SUPER MATT SHEPPARD FLIES TO WIN IN FIRST MODIFIED FEATURE WHILE DANNY JOHNSON MAKES A HOUSE CALL TO WIN SECOND FEATURE
VERNON, NY- On a picture perfect day of weather this past Sunday, fans came to the Utica-Rome Speedway knowing that the Modified Twin 20’s could play a huge role in the championship picture. When everything was settled on Mirabito Fuel Group and Rasmussen Rents/Broedel Energy night, it was Matt Sheppard and Danny Johnson taking the pair of $2,000 to win NASCAR Modified wins while Mike Walton took the emotional Sportsman feature win. Chris Carr survived a marathon Pro Stock feature to take the victory while Bill Mason took the photo finish win in the Pure Stocks.
In the first Modified 20 lap feature, Jason Rood jumped out to the early lead from his pole starting spot with fourth place starter Dave Moyer and Adam Roberts in tow. Ninth place starter Matt Sheppard was on the charge early as was in the top five by lap two and into second by lap three, and set off after Rood. On lap four, Sheppard completed his charge to the front as he slipped by Rood for the lead and began to pull away. As Sheppard was out front, several drivers were making their way towards the front as well, including point leader Stewart Friesen and third place point man Mike Mahaney. With 10 laps to go, it was Sheppard way out front over fifth place starter Danny Varin, 10th place starter Mahaney, 13th place starter Friesen, and Rood.
As the laps continued to click in the second half of the feature, Sheppard continued to dominate as Friesen continued to try and find a way closer to the front to protect his slim 10 point lead. Finally, with the white flag being shown to the field, Friesen was able to pass Mahaney to grab the third spot. Sheppard took the $2,000 win over Varin, Friesen, Mahaney, and Ryan Phelps. Filling out the top 10 was Matt Janczuk, Danny Johnson, Pat Ward, Larry Wight, and Rood. With the win, Sheppard was able to close within two points of Friesen for the lucrative track title.
With the eight car inversion from the first feature, Ward and Johnson started on the front row for the second $2,000 to win 20 lap main event, with Johnson grabbing the point at the drop of the green. Ward hounded Johnson for the top spot as again Friesen was again trying to get to the front ahead of Sheppard to regain the points lost in the first feature. Starting sixth, Friesen was unable to crack the top five as Mahaney, Phelps, and Janczuk held back his efforts to crack the top five. On lap eight, Friesen was able to finally complete the pass as on both Phelps and Janczuk to grab the fourth spot. With the halfway signal given to the field, it was Johnson with a narrow lead over Ward, Friesen, Mahaney, and Sheppard.
With the event winding down, Ward was not letting Johnson pull away as Friesen now entered the fray as he began to pressure Ward. The top three rode around with Johnson holding his line around the half mile oval as Ward and Friesen both moved around looking for an advantage. With a lap to go, the trio began to enter lapped traffic which Johnson moved around without an issue but Ward and Friesen were looking to use the slower traffic to hinder the other’s progress. With Johnson cleared of traffic and heading for the checkered on the last lap, Ward looked to have Friesen pinned behind a slower car entering the third turn. Friesen was able to slip underneath the lapped car and use it to his advantage as he nipped Ward at the finish for second. Mahaney and Sheppard crossed in fourth and fifth while Phelps, Wight, Varin, Janczuk, and Brian Murphy rounded out the top 10. Unofficially, the point margin between Friesen and Sheppard entering the last night of points next week is at 10 points in Friesen’s favor.
The Sportsman 20 lap feature saw second place starter Craig Pope take the lead on the initial green and holding on to the front spot until lap six, when seventh place starter Mike Walton took over the lead. Walton opened up a several car length lead on the field while Claude Hutchings Jr. and Steve Way, both recovering from a lap two incident that put them at the tail of the field, worked their way back to the front. On lap 11, Hutchings and Way were up to second and third and reeling in Walton. With five to go, Hutchings began to push Walton for the lead, and Walton responded by pushing a little harder to keep the spot. At the checkered, Walton was able to narrowly beat Hutchings to the finish while Way, Jack Miller, and Jeremy Vunk chased. In victory lane, an emotional Walton dedicated the win to Kevin Ward Jr., who was a close friend and helped Walton with his racing career.
The Pro Stock 20 lap saw Chris Cunningham as the leader on lap one, with Mark Effner taking over the spot in lap two. Lap three would see a third leader in as many laps as Chris Carr slipped by Effner for the lead. Caution flags would plague the remainder of the event, but even with the rash of yellow fever, it was very competitive event as Carr and Effner would swap the lead on several occasions. At the end of the event, it was Carr who able to survive to take his second career win with Effner, Glenn Forward, Bret Belden, and Tom Denton rounding out the top five. Both Forward and Denton recovered from a lap two incident that saw both of them at the tail of the 21 car field.
Chuck Cushman took command of the 15 lap Pure Stock nightcap, as he vaulted from his fourth starting spot to the point by the completion of the first circuit. The caution free event would see three drivers, Cushman, Bill Mason, and Ricky Breed, all battle for the lead as the race wound down. With two to go, Mason was able to get by Cushman for the top spot and a lap later, Breed was able to do the same as he took over the runner up position. With one to go, Breed took his shot at win as him and Mason rounded turn four. As they raced to the finish line, Mason held on by mere inches to take the win with Breed, Cushman, Russ Marsden, and Frank Hyatt trailing.
This coming weekend will be a huge weekend of racing at the Utica-Rome Speedway with the running of the annual New Yorker 200 Weekend. Sunday, August 31, will be the final scheduled Sunday night of action for the season as GateCole.com presents the final night of points in the NASCAR Modifieds, Sportsman, Pro Stocks, and Pure Stocks plus the return of the Lucas Oil Empire Super Sprints. The Sprint field should see some extra cars as drivers will be looking for some track time for the Gates-Cole Insurance/SUNY Canton $10,000 to win Cole Cup on Saturday September 6. The night will be capped off with a huge fireworks display by Majestic. Then on Monday, September 1, it will be the rescheduled Carbone Auto Group Night of Legends/Outlaw Circuit Reunion featuring the Race of Champions Modified Series $10,000 to win, 100 lap New Yorker 200 presented by Sowle Enterprises. The Dig Safely NY GRIT 602 Sportsman Series will also by in action for $1,000 to win, $100 to start payday.
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Those drivers already entered for the second annual Cole Cup include 2013 winner Stewart Friesen. Steve Poirier, the current Empire Super Sprint point leader, as well as United Racing Company point leader Davie Franek and Patriot Sprint Tour point leader Jared Zimbardi have all entered the event. They will be joined by a host of other 360 drivers as they vie for the Cole Cup trophy and the large payday. Last season over 50 cars entered the event.
Friday night’s action will also include a 25-lap Pro Stock feature that will pay $700 to the winner and a 20-lap Pure Stock main-event paying $500 to the feature winner. Home track rules will apply for the Pro Stocks and Pure Stocks, including tires which can be either American Racer or Hoosier. Fireworks, by Majestic, have also been added to the Friday night portion.
The gates for the Friday night open at 5 p.m. with racing starting at 7 p.m.
For more information including Cole Cup rules, entry form, and more is available while the speedway office can be contacted by calling (315)829-4557.